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MERCER MAYER began writing and illustrating children's books in 1966, and since then, he has published over 300 titles. Readers can open almost any of his award-winning books and out may pop dragons, cuddly monsters, wonderful creatures, and endearing critters. Drawing from his own childhood adventures for inspiration, Mayer created one of children's books most cherished characters, Little Critter. He currently lives in Connecticut.


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All by Myself (Little Critter)
Written by Mercer Mayer
Illustrated by Mercer Mayer
Trade Paperback

In this charming and gentle picture book, Mercer Mayer’s iconic Little Critter shows us everything that he can do himself—tying his shoes, pouring his juice, and loving life. Even though Little Critter doesn’t do everything perfectly, he does everything as well as he can. Read More
 





All That I Can Be
Written by Mercer Mayer
Trade Paperback

Everyone’s favorite Little Critter imagines how things will be when he grows up in this two-in-one picture book featuring the Mercer Mayer classics When I Get Bigger and When I Grow Up!
 
Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter and his little sister wonder how things will be when they grow up in these... Read More
 





Happy Easter, Little Critter (Little Critter)
Written by Mercer Mayer
Illustrated by Mercer Mayer
Trade Paperback

An eggs-tra special, egg-citing Easter tale featuring the beloved Little Critter! 

Join Little Critter and his family experience all the great things Easter brings—dyeing eggs, building an Easter basket, going to Church, and hunting for Easter eggs! The Critter family is more than excited, but Little Critter’s sister just can’t make things... Read More
 





I Just Forgot (Little Critter)
Written by Mercer Mayer
Illustrated by Mercer Mayer
Trade Paperback

Sometimes Little Critter has a trouble remembering things, but then again who doesn’t? In this super-charming picture book, Little Critter struggles to remember what to do each day. One day it rains and he remembers his raincoat, but forgets his boots! He gets to school on time, but where’s his lunch... Read More
 





I Was So Mad (Little Critter)
Written by Ron Miller
Illustrated by Mercer Mayer
Trade Paperback

Mercer Mayer's very popular Little Critter stars in a picture book about feeling angry. The Critter family keeps saying no to everything Little Critter wants to do. He can't keep frogs in the tub. He can't help paint the house. Finally, mad at the world, Little Critter announces he will run... Read More
 





Just a Little Critter Collection (Little Critter)
Written by Mercer Mayer
Hardcover

Celebrate 40 years of Little Critter® with seven classic stories in one book, including: Just for You (the very first Little Critter® story!); Just Go to Bed; All by Myself; I Was So Mad; When I Get Bigger; Just a Mess; and I Just Forgot. This 176-page hardcover collection is a... Read More
 





Just a Mess (Little Critter)
Written by Mercer Mayer
Illustrated by Mercer Mayer
Trade Paperback

When you’re the Little Critter, sometimes things pile up . . . literally! In this charming picture book, perfect for children age 3 to 7, Little Critter must search through his messy room to find his lost baseball mitt. Read More
 





Just for You (Little Critter)
Written by Mercer Mayer
Illustrated by Mercer Mayer
Trade Paperback

Little Critter just wants to be a big help! Unfortunately, things just aren’t going his way. When he tries to dry the dishes, they get wetter. When he tries not to splash water when he’s taking a bath, a storm comes up. Little Critter just can’t catch a break! But with... Read More
 





Just Go to Bed (Little Critter)
Written by Mercer Mayer
Trade Paperback

One of the classic Little Critter picture book titles by Mercer Mayer, this simple story shows our preschool hero resisting his father's efforts to get him ready for bed. By the end of the book Little Critter's understanding father has finally succeeded in moving his energetic, imaginative son through bathtime and... Read More
 





Just Going to the Dentist (Little Critter)
Written by Mercer Mayer
Illustrated by Mercer Mayer
Trade Paperback

Sometimes you’ve just got to go to the dentist, and Little Critter is no exception! Little Critter goes in for a checkup and X-rays, but ends up having to get a cavity filled (uh-oh). But Little Critter goes through it bravely and with a big smile on his face. This picture... Read More
 





Just Grandma and Me (Little Critter)
Written by Mercer Mayer
Illustrated by Mercer Mayer
Trade Paperback

In this incredibly charming picture book, Little Critter and his loving grandmother spend the day at the beach! In the story, Little Critter tries to be as good a helper to his grandmother as he can be, even though the beach has a few other plans in store. You'll absolutely love... Read More
 





Just Grandma, Grandpa, and Me
Written by Mercer Mayer
Trade Paperback

Mercer Mayer's Little Critter is spending the day with Grandma and Grandmpa in these classic, funny, and heartwarming stories. Featuring Just Grandma and Me and Just Grandpa and Me, this two-in-one picture book is an endearing tribute to all of the cherished memories that grandparents help us create. Read More
 





Just Grandpa and Me (Little Critter)
Written by Mercer Mayer
Illustrated by Mercer Mayer
Trade Paperback

Family fun and love are in abundance when Little Critter and his grandfather head to the big city! Little Critter sure is little, but he’s a big help to his grandfather. Little Critter holds his hand so his grandfather doesn’t get lost, demonstrates how to go up and down the store’s... Read More
 





Just Me and My Babysitter (Little Critter)
Written by Mercer Mayer
Illustrated by Mercer Mayer
Trade Paperback

Being watched by the babysitter can be stressful—but not for Little Critter!

After Little Critter’s parents go out for the evening, Little Critter is given the special duty of being the babysitter’s special helper. However, Little Critter hasn’t realized just how hard running the house really is. As the night goes... Read More
 





Just Me and My Buddies
Written by Mercer Mayer
Trade Paperback

A two-in-one Mercer Mayer collection featuring the classics Just My Friend and Me and Just My Puppy and Me, now available for the very first time!
 
Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter is spending time with his best friend and his new puppy in these classic, funny, and heartwarming stories. Featuring Just... Read More
 





Just Me and My Dad (Little Critter)
Written by Mercer Mayer
Illustrated by Mercer Mayer
Trade Paperback

In this all-time classic illustrated storybook, a small woodland creature goes on his first camping trip with his father. Perfect for boys and girls ages 3 to 7, this humorous and cute story details Little Critter’s journey—learning how to catch fish, putting up a tent, and finally, sleeping beneath the stars... Read More
 





Just Me and My Little Brother (Little Critter)
Written by Mercer Mayer
Illustrated by Mercer Mayer
Trade Paperback

What’s better than having a little brother? To the sweet Little Critter, nothing!  They’re going to do so many fun things together—go trick or treating, fight mean bullies, ride bikes, and so much more. Unfortunately, Little Critter is going to have to wait until his brother gets a little bit bigger... Read More
 





Just Me and My Mom (Little Critter)
Written by Mercer Mayer
Illustrated by Mercer Mayer
Trade Paperback

The city is a big place, but not too big for Little Critter and his mother! In this charming picture book, Little Critter holds bravely to his mother’s hand as they visit the Museum of Natural History, the aquarium, ride in a taxi, and eat in a five-star restaurant. This adventurous... Read More
 





Just Me and My Mom/Just Me and My Dad (Mercer Mayer's Little Critter)
Written by Mercer Mayer
Illustrated by Mercer Mayer
Trade Paperback

This deluxe storybook features two Little Critter stories in one book! In the first story, Little Critter enjoys a day in the city with his mom. Then flip the book over to read about Little Critter's very first camping trip with his dad. Read More
 





Just Me and My Puppy (Little Critter)
Written by Mercer Mayer
Illustrated by Mercer Mayer
Trade Paperback

Little Critter, meet Little Critter’s best friend!

When Little Critter brings home an adorable puppy, the little guy realizes that a lot more work goes into taking care of the dog than he thought. He gets tired giving the puppy hugs; imagine how tired he’ll get when he has to do all... Read More
 





Just My Brother, Sister, and Me
Written by Mercer Mayer
Trade Paperback

Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter spends time with his brother and sister in these classic, funny, and heartwarming stories. Featuring Just Me and My Little Brother and Me Too!, this two-in-one picture book is an endearing tribute to brothers and sisters and the fun memories they create. Read More
 





Just My Friend and Me (Little Critter)
Written by Mercer Mayer
Illustrated by Mercer Mayer
Trade Paperback

After Little Critter invites a friend over for a play date, things don’t go as planned. His friend damages Little Critter’s bike by accident, gets him stuck in a treehouse, and leaves his room a mess! And Little Critter thought making friends would be hard. . . .

Mercer Mayer’s charming... Read More
 





Just Shopping With Mom (Little Critter)
Written by Mercer Mayer
Illustrated by Mercer Mayer
Trade Paperback

Why did Mom think it was a good idea to take Little Critter’s sister to the market? When the family goes shopping, Critter’s baby sister just can’t sit still for a minute. She pulls groceries off the shelves, wanders off, and cries when told that she can’t have every piece of... Read More
 





Little Critter Sleeps Over (Little Critter)
Written by Mercer Mayer
Illustrated by Mercer Mayer
Trade Paperback

Mercer Mayer's Little Critter is invited to spend the night at a friend's house—but will he be able to sleep in a strange place? This full-color Step 2 reader book will help young children ages 4-7 deal with their first time away from home. Read More
 





Me Too! (Little Critter)
Written by Mercer Mayer
Illustrated by Mercer Mayer
Trade Paperback

There’s nothing quite like the love of a little sister, but sometimes, for Little Critter, that love can be a real drag! In this picture-book classic, perfect for Critter fans ages 3 to 7, Little Critter tries to get through the day without upsetting his baby sister. When Critter tries to... Read More
 

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